Essay about Comparison Of ' Achilles ' And ' The Iliad '

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Despite these differences between these two different groups of people, there were still a few similarities. A similarity one could make is how both sides had viewed justice as absolute and final. The penalty they shared was how merciless they acted. In the Iliad, Achilles’ quest for justice is encircled by avenging Patroklos’ death after he was killed in battle while protecting Achilles’ name and wearing his armor. This combination of defending his honor and guilt feeds Achilles into becoming a crazed assailant, stuck on going through Heaven and Hell to destroy Hector in the name of Patroklos: “the killer of the man [he] loved – Hector” (Book 18:106). Even though Hector was doing exactly as the Achaeans had done – killing those who were his enemy – Achilles made it his personal mission to make sure Hector was killed slowly and painfully, and even dragged his corpse around to celebrate his personal victory (Book 24:15-24). This was an example of how absolutely nothing but his persistence to achieve his definition of justice was the meaning behind his comeback. On the opposite side, Hector wanted to win against the Achaeans and obtain justice so badly that he was willing to sacrifice one of his own men in order to strengthen his chances. Hector knew that Dolon was a useless warrior, and did not think twice about sending him to “spy” on two of the strongest Achaeans, all in good knowledge that Dolon would never return. Even though Hector did not personally kill Dolon, it was…

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